August 26, 2014

Adventure Knit-a-long is moving along!

Now that we’re around halfway-ish through the knit-a-long (ravelry link), I want to show you some peeks of how it’s going!  You can still totally join and catch up – we’re currently still in the section 1 week, section 2 goes out this Thursday, and section 3 next Thursday.  Since section 1 has been out for close to a week now, I hope it’s okay that I post a few spoiler-y photos to show you glimpses at the stitch patterns and stuff!

I’ll show you the mystery trunk stuff first… if you don’t want any knit spoilers, stop scrolling when you hit the big sun picture.

So, in the first blog post, I posted the first part of the story, about finding the mysterious trunk.  Here’s a bit more of the story, taking off from: A big, old steamer trunk sits near the window, filled with wooly mystery.  You hope for something awesome as you unfasten the metal clasp…

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You find a stack of notebooks, filled with notes, symbols, and sketches.  Flipping through the first one, you realize these are knitting patterns.  Short stitch patterns, handwritten out, page after page.

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One compartment holds another notebook and some loose papers with sketches and writing on them… a hand, what looks like a cup of tea leaves, more symbols… you open up another compartment. Whoa.

Adventure KAL 2014 illustration

Not only was she a designer, it seems that the owner of this trunk was also a fortune teller.

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You see an old Ouija board, but what catches your attention more than that is what looks to be a homemade version of a Ouija board, drawn on paper and pasted onto a piece of cardboard…

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So that’s when adventurers made the first trunk discovery, and received this printable board in their first mystery pdf:

This is the first item found in the Adventure KAL mysterious trunk. Cast on day is this Thursday, and another item will be pulled out of the trunk next week!

The main point of the board was to help choose between the 6 different shape options (of course, details about the shapes/items were sent out to help make a non-random decision).

Adventure KAL shape sketches

The setup knitting section went out, and then another item was discovered in the mysterious trunk!  There are story pages to go along with all the discoveries, but I’ll just show you what the are…

Adventure KAL illustration

Adventure KAL illustration

Adventure knitters found a printable fortune teller – it can be folded into a fortune teller of our childhood, or it can be used flat as a spin-the-bottle wheel.  Either way works to choose stitch patterns randomly from the first set of 8 patterns included with the section 1 pdf.

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And then last night, more items were discovered in the trunk!  First, a few decks of cool looking tarot cards were found (in the story/illustrations)…

Adventure KAL 2014 drawings

Adventure KAL 2014 drawings

… along with a set of handmade divination cards with names and symbols matching the stitch patterns!  Knitters received a printable page of these cards (complete with back side pattern), which can optionally be colored in, if that sounds fun.  I colored a set with colored pencils:

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Okay if you don’t want to see any knit peeks, stop scrolling now!

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And now for some section 1 glimpses!  Here are most of the stitch patterns, which are meant to all be used in any order!

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Two of those patterns can be knit in 2 colors if you like.  Below is one of my samples, worked with the 2-color versions, patterns chosen in random order using the spin the bottle method.  The beginning of this piece as seen here can turn into a triangle, a strip (aka scarf), a loop (aka cowl), or a bent strip (like an L-shaped scarf).  This is in sport weight wool, pre-blocking on the left, and post-blocking on the right.  Blocking really helps with these pieces!  (The patterns used here, in order from bottom up, are: Hebe, Vesta, 2-color Pallas, Astraea, 2-color Libra, Sun, 2-color Libra.)

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Here is a worsted weight cotton 1-color rectangle section 1, which will become a dishcloth (patterns: Sun, Taurus, Virgo).

Adventure KAL section 1 peek

And section 1 of my crescent sample, in worsted weight, large size:

Adventure KAL section 1 peek

Below is a post-blocking closeup of that one.  I love how this turned out SO MUCH, I can’t wait to show it to you completely.  I originally planned to use 2 colors – less than half a skein for section 1 (here), then a full skein of the other color for section 2, then the remainder of the first color skein for section 3.  I hadn’t really worked out how much yardage I’d need, or how big I wanted it to be, etc, and I ran out of yarn way early for that plan.  The partial skein for section 1 was good, and the full skein for section 2 was good, but section 3 takes about as much yarn as the first two sections put together.  So I used another entire skein (but a smaller skein) to complete section 3, and I really love the end result!  (By the way, I added the yardage to make the sample how it was meant to be, according to the pattern, but this shape is actually super flexible – if you run out of yarn early, you can just bind off and it’s totally fine!  Or you can work the last section extra big, if you have extra yardage, to use up the last of it and make it as big as possible.)

adventure section 1 closeup

This image below was intagrammed when I finished it because I loved it so much and couldn’t wait to show it to you, even if that meant pixelating it into blurry mystery.  (Also, I wanted to show proof that the shirt project does indeed work out.)  For the rectangle shape option (which can be made as a square), the pattern includes instructions for making two rectangles and sewing them together to make a boxy shirt.  I made mine as squares; I made the front using all lacy patterns, in random order, and then I made the back in one repeating pattern for the whole piece to go faster.  I LOVE how it turned out so much!!

mystery shot of adventure KAL project

So that’s all you get for now.  If you are participating in the KAL, you’ll get section 2 (including spoiler photos), and stitch patterns 9-16, on Thursday, so soon!  Oh, if you want to see more, check in with ravelry!  So many awesome projects have been going up!  The spoilers thread has dozens of photos of projects that all look totally different from each other, so cool, and then lots of knitters have put photos in their project pages, but mostly behind the mystery shots, so click the photo arrows to check them out.

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I’m super happy with how this has been going!  I can’t wait to send out section 2 and see the projects grow!

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